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Adult Education Regional Planning Process Report Submitted to the Legislature

Posted on 03/06/2015

California Adult Schools

The 2015 AB86 Legislative report has been submitted to the Legislature. The report External link opens in new window or tab, jointly developed by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), "details the needs that emerged from the 70 consortia's reports and the joint recommendations of the CDE and the Chancellor's Office." The planning process brought two systems together to assess what is done well and to identify gaps in California's system of adult education.

Senate Bill 173 (Liu) required this report to address the following in the provision of adult education through the K-12 Adult and community college systems: accountability; assessment, evaluation, and data collection; and fees. Thee recommendations in this report are designed to strengthen the foundation for a new adult education system in California.

Challenges

After reviewing the background and current state of adult education in California, the report outlines six key issues, referred to as challenges, to be addressed.

  1. Insufficient Availability of Adult Education Programs
  2. Need for Innovation in Program Offerings
  3. Inadequate Academic, Social, and Financial Supports for Students
  4. Inconsistency Across the K-12 and Community College Districts Regarding Assessments for Placement
  5. Lack of a Common Accountability Approach for Evaluating Student Progress and Program Outcomes
  6. Inadequate Regional Coordination and Collaboration

Recommendations

These challenges are followed by six recommendations.

  1. Increase Service Levels to Meet the Demand for Adult Education
  2. Improve Adult Education Programming to Better Prepare Students for Postsecondary Education and/or Transition into the Workforce
  3. Provide Academic, Social, and Financial Support to Students
  4. Align Assessments for Placement Between Adult Education and Community College Courses
  5. Develop a Common Accountability Approach for Documenting and Evaluating Student Progress
  6. Maintain and Extend Structures for Ongoing Coordination Among Adult Schools, Community Colleges, and Community Partners

The report also notes the Governor's proposed $500 million budget allocation for adult education is " a good start", but "is not enough to serve the educational and training needs of California's adult education students."

Conclusion

The report concludes, "Moving forward, the new consortia and regionalized delivery system should increase accountability, coordination and collaboration, and keep decisions close to local need. Enhanced collaboration will allow for the leveraging of resources, make programs better integrated, and improve student success. The diversity of partnerships at the local level will provide multiple access points across the adult education system and offer new opportunities and choices for students. The result should be an adult education system that offers students accelerated pathways to their college, career, and life goals and that provides employers greater access to a skilled workforce their businesses need."

Download the full report External link opens in new window or tab here. More information is available from the AB 86 Web site External link opens in new window or tab.